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March 31, 2021

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Prescribed fires planned along area roads in west central Minnesota

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be conducting prescribed burns near Interstate 94 and Hwy 27 in west central Minnesota on Friday, April 2, weather permitting.

Prescribed fires are controlled by trained MnDOT crews and conducted during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. Crews will work along:

  • Interstate 94 near the Burgen Lake Rest Area in Alexandria, Douglas County.
  • Highway 27 near Herman, Grant County.

Traffic should not be affected, and all roads will remain open. Motorists will encounter signs as they approach the burn areas warning of the potential of smoke. Motorists should be attentive and watch for the burn crews, who are monitoring these efforts. Prescribed burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. There is no need to report fires that are attended by a burn crew or when “Controlled Burn Ahead” signs are placed beside the road.

Healthy roadside vegetation is necessary to prevent weed infestations, control erosion, protect water quality and keep roadways safe. Fire is an important aspect of vegetation management because it enhances native plant communities and stimulates growth. For more information on MnDOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program, visit mndot.gov/roadsides/vegetation/fire.html.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slowdown in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.